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Colombian Andes, Magdalena Bio Region & Llanos Plains

Tour Length: 19 Days

Minimum group size: 4 people

Tour dates:  On demand

Price: $5,233 USD/pp

Leader: Alejandro Pinto 

This tour captures the very best of the Andes of Colombia, visiting the sites that will swiftly take your list into the hundreds, full of small-range endemics, high-Andean specialities and rarities, whilst finishing in one of Latin America’s most unique yet unvisited birding destinations – the Eastern Plains of Colombia (Llanos Orientales). Shared only by Colombia and Venezuela, the Llanos provides a painter’s landscape and open riparian habitats for excellent birding not to mention great photo opportunities.

Day 1: Arrival to Bogotá

Day 2: Bogotá Transfer to Yopal – Hato La Aurora

Day 3: Hato la Aurora

Day 4: Hato La Aurora

Day 5: Hato La Aurora AM. Transfer to Yopal. Fly to Bogotá

Day 6: Chingaza

Day 7: Sumapaz-Chicaque

Day 8: Jardín encantado-Tabacal

Day 9: Rio Claro

Day 10: Rio Claro Transfer to Medellín

Day 11: La Romera – Bolombolo (Antioquia wren, Greyish Piculet, Apical Flycatcher) transfer to Jardín

Day 12: Alto ventanas

Day 13: Alto ventanas medio día + Andean Cock of the Rock lek Transfer to Manizales

Day 14: Rio Blanco Reserve. Transfer to Termales El Ruiz

Day 15: PNN Los Nevados transfer to Montezuma

Day 16: Montezuma

Day 17: Montezuma

Day 18: Montezuma AM, PM transfer to Cali

Day 19: KM 18 AM, PM flight back to Bogota

Key sites:

  • Hato La Aurora (Llanos)
  • PNN Sumapaz
  • PNN Chingaza
  • Chicaque Natural Park
  • ‘Jardin Encantado’ (Enchanted Garden)
  • Tabacal Lagoon
  • Rio Claro Nature Reserve
  • La Romera
  • Bolombolo Road
  • Jardin
  • Rio Blanco Nature Reserve
  • PNN Los Nevados
  • Termales El Ruiz
  • Montezuma Lodge & Road (PNN Tatama)
  • Sonso Lagoon
  • KM 18 & San Antonio cloud forest
  • Pale-headed Jacamar
  • Sunbittern
  • Bogota Rail
  • Black Inca
  • Red-bellied Grackle
  • Brown-banded Antpitta
  • Buffy Helmetcrest
  • Magdalena Antbird
  • Antioquia Bristle-tyrant
  • Gold-ringed Tanager
  • Multicolored Tanager
Inclusions:

  • 1 Colombian Project Birding Tour Leader
  • Local guides
  • All transfers and road transport
  • All accommodation
  • All entrance fees to all parks and reserves
  • Tours as included in this itinerary
  • All meals (pending in/out flights)
  • All snacks and water on day tours
Exclusions:

  • Any internal flights
  • Any international flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks or beverages
  • Historical and cultural tour of Bogota, visiting some of the best museums in the world.
  • Paloquemao market visit and cooking class at Escuela Taller in Bogota – dine with a Bogotano chef!
  • Day walks and multi-day treks in PNN Los Nevados